- Actor Norman Lloyd went to the first game of the 1926 World Series, and he was there for Game 2 this year!
- Remembering Fats Domino.
- Great interview with Brian Williams. Look who officiated his daughter’s wedding. He really does do everything!
- Regal Cinemas is going to test charging more for hits, less for flops.
- Two short notes Albert Einstein wrote 95 years ago just sold for over $1.6 million.
- Sedaris family news: David gives advice to young writers, while Amy’s new cooking/crafting show debuts.
- Maybe this Halloween you and the kids can make this Hallo Witch from 1956. I didn’t mean for that to rhyme.
Today is the 15th anniversary of Professor Barnhardt’s Journal. It’s more of a blog now but we used to have original essays and stories and interviews. Maybe we’ll get back to that at some point. Anyway, I thought I’d link to some of my favorite pieces and posts over the years.
Why I Write – the first issue, with Roger Ebert, Lawrence Block, TC Boyle, & others
Lab Results: Love Potions One Through Eight, by Adam Finley
Guilty Pleasure: Unemployment, by Adam Finley
Two Writers Drinking, by Will Leitch and Bob Sassone
Rod Serling, by Jonathan Lethem
Words of Wisdom, by Bruce Campbell, Michael J. Nelson, Laura Miller, & others
Death Rat!, by Michael J. Nelson
Dispatches From An Embedded Office Worker, by Joe Lavin
The Ghost of Toto, by Tod Goldberg
Do Not Try This At Home, by Ken Levine
Wife, by Bob Sassone
Kevin Gilbert: 20 Years Later, by Bob Sassone
Design For Dying, by Renee Patrick
Smith Street, by Will Leitch
That’s just a small sampling. There’s more in the archives on the right!
From last night’s Saturday Night Live:
- I was underwhelmed by the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery, but I’ll keep watching. Here are some reviews of the first few episodes.
- Nice essay about a great writer, Ross Macdonald.
- Interesting piece on Sears, Roebuck, and Co. and how it compares to what Amazon is doing.
- Cable Neuhaus on the death of encyclopedia.
- A look at author Ann Patchett and the bookstore she co-owns, Parnassus Books in Nashville.
- If you like cocoa and you like sandwiches, how about combining the two in this recipe from 1925?
- The Simpsons has fired longtime composer Alf Clausen.
- Have smartphones destroyed a generation?
- USA Today has a look at new fall books, including a short story collection from Tom Hanks.
- A fascinating look at what the places depicted on 1960’s postcards look like now.
- Thrillist picks the 100 best burgers in the U.S.
- Dinner Is Served 1972 has a recipe for Macaroni, Tomato, and Cheese Bake (and as a bonus, Elvis Presley’s Rice Pudding).
- Wreckage of the USS Indianapolis found.
- The life of an unlikely Instagram addict.
- ABC has a live-action version of The Jetsons coming.
- In honor of Monday’s total eclipse, here’s Annie Dillard’s 1982 essay by the same name.
- Have you heard about MoviePass?
- From Recipe Girl, how to make your own Rocky Road Ice Cream at home.
I know, I know, this is going around so much that you’ve probably seen it already. But if you haven’t: this is from Carl Sagan’s 1996 book The Demon-Haunted World:
She’s been called the female Mel Blanc, but some people call Mel Blanc the male June Foray. The voice actress died last week at the age of 99. She worked for 85 years, starting with a role on radio in 1929 (playing an old woman) right up until a few years ago.
The New York Times has a sampling of her work., and here’s NBC’s segment on her passing:
I don’t know why there are so many close-ups but this is a fun interview with David Letterman on Norm MacDonald’s podcast:
Trailer for the new film about J.D. Salinger and the creation of The Catcher in the Rye: